50s topper coat for spring: the supplies

Back in September, I planned a coat for spring. I ordered the main supplies, but I never got it off the ground. I think mainly because I knew I’d need to make some changes to the pattern and possibly do a muslin, and I put off pulling the pieces out… read more »

A plaid bolero, a dress, and a belt buckle walk into a bar

Sometimes, when lightening strikes in the form of an idea, you have to run with it, if you’re able. That was the case with this project. I’ve been in the middle of knitting a cardigan since December, but then right after Christmas I got an idea in the back of… read more »

Getting a cardigan right

I have a cardigan for you today! We have a new president and narrowly avoided what felt like the potential end of our democracy! One of those pieces of news is important and one is not, but I’m here to chat about the unimportant one. 😉 Before we get rolling,… read more »

Sildra mittens

Thank you for all the kind comments on my last blog post, and hey guess what, I didn’t make you wait over a year for another one! It’s nice to know there are folks out there who still want to read this. 🙂 As I said before I do have… read more »

Ho ho hello

I haven’t written a post on this blog since April of 2019. Wow have things changed since then. Not as much personally, but the world. You don’t need me to recap the open wound of 2020, you were there. In my life, it’s been mostly a quiet year, being careful… read more »

(Belated) birthday sarong dress

Happy belated birthday to me! My birthday was actually last Wednesday, but my site had gremlins that had to get fixed, and then I was busy preparing for a trip (more on that below), and so you’re only getting the post I planned for my birthday now. Better late than… read more »

Test

This is just a test post. Feedly hasn’t been showing my posts for several months and I tried to work with them and my blog host to get this fixed. I couldn’t get final confirmation from Feedly if the changes my blog host made worked, and if Feedly could still… read more »

Finally, a Rita blouse

Hello my friends! It’s been awhile. No long apologies or anything like that—I don’t blog as much as I used to. Sometimes it comes in fits and spurts and then sometimes I just can’t be bothered to take umpteen photos and cull them and whatnot. Please don’t tell me you’re… read more »

Plaid flannel dress

Last month, I sewed a plaid dress. Not just any plaid dress, but a plaid flannel dress. It’s cute, warm, and comfy. What could be more delightful for fall and early winter? This dress is from McCall’s 8989, a pattern from the 1950s. The wing collar is annoying to construct…… read more »

Nancy Drew and the Clue in the Epic Sweater

As the New York Sheep and Wool Festival fast approaches this year, I thought perhaps it was about time I blog about last year’s Rhinebeck sweater! Once you see how long this post is, you’ll know why I dragged my heels on writing it for a year. 😉 I knit… read more »

Going strapless

I have long coveted true vintage 1950s strapless sun tops. Bustier tops, bra tops, the whole shebang. While I don’t really have many reasons to wear them, I always think they seem like the perfect thing to really jazz up a skirt in the summer, or spring and fall with… read more »

Sewing a holy grail pattern

I found one of my holy grail sewing patterns this year! You’d think a “holy grail” pattern had to be some fancy couture or Polynesian number that sells for over $100 and is super rare at that, but nope. It’s a simple sundress pattern, from 1945, Simplicity 2465. Some years… read more »

Red and cream gingham sundress

I’ve been really busy this spring and early summer, and blogging just hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind lately. I go through periods when I just find the entire process of taking and collating photos complete and utter drudgery. Sure, taking half a dozen photos doesn’t seem that… read more »

Inspiration finally, two years later

I’m back from vacation and I’m INSPIRED! Two years ago, we went through the looong process of transforming a large part of our basement into studio spaces for ourselves. Back then, I did a few posts on it—sharing the dirty ‘lil before photos, the planning and build-out phase, and creating… read more »

A birthday dress with a back story

Another birthday, another birthday dress! I’m off on vacation so you get a scheduled post, but it’s my birthday today! Hip hip! As I’ve done every year for 6 years now, I made myself a dress for my birthday. It’s possible I’m not actually wearing this dress right now since… read more »

Overalls of my dreams

While I was making my latest pair of jeans, I hatched another idea that I started working on slowly: a pair of overalls. And boooooy am I ever happy with them! It started like this. I really wanted to try a scooped out front pocket on a pair of 1950s… read more »

I just needed a sweatshirt

Do you ever just drop everything you’re working on to sew a quickie project? I almost never do. But I did recently, and can understand why people do it sometimes! In the middle of my latest jeans project I suddenly had the urge to try out a pattern I’ve been… read more »

1950s-style cuffed jeans (and informal video extravaganza!)

I made more jeans! And then I have some good news, and some bad news relating to that. The bad news is I’ve been saying since last summer that I was going to do a vintage jeans sew-along. And I… can never get to it. Friends, if you’ve followed me… read more »

Tale of two blouses + a different way to construct a short kimono sleeve

The latest two items I sewed over at the Mood Sewing Network are these blouses. Two blouses, entirely different fabrics, same pattern. Love/hate results. Okay not quite so strong as love/hate… maybe love/feel-vaguely-underwhelmed-about would be closer. 😉 Both of theses blouses are versions of Butterick 6223, one of my tried-and-true… read more »

Spring green batwing sleeve bolero

Didn’t I tell you I was going on a bolero kick? I wasn’t kidding. Here’s my most recently completed one, and I have another well under way, and trying to plan another. Sometimes I make a sewing or knitting plan and never execute. But sometimes I do! My second finished… read more »